According to the latest IBISWorld Report, America’s fenestration industry is doing better than ever in recent years. Although business is good, many homeowners still don’t fully appreciate the value of buying replacement windows. They either choose the wrong products or aren’t completely sold on what they bring to the table.
To help you understand why tackling window replacement is good for your home, Renewal by Andersen® of Portland debunks the popular misconceptions about it:
Myth: Improved Energy Efficiency Through New Windows Is an Exaggeration
Proper attic insulation, not new windows, is the biggest contributor to achieve excellent thermal insulation simply due to the fact that heat rises. But your windows play a critical role in your home’s complete thermal enclosure system.
ENERGY STAR-labeled products with the perfect combination of NFRC ratings can minimize infrared light gain, trap indoor heat, admit sunshine and prevent air leakage. Retrofitting the right replacement windows to your home can have a significant impact on your home’s energy efficiency.
Myth: All Low-E Coatings Are the Same
Low-E glass is the standard energy-efficient glazing system. However, the Department of Energy says that typical Low-E coatings can only reduce the heat transfer through the window glass by up to 50%. To filter out up to 70% of heat without reflecting sunlight, choose products with spectrally selective, Low-E coatings, like Renewal by Andersen of Portland’s window products.
Myth: Egress Windows Are Optional
Building regulations vary from one place to another, and they change over time. By and large, the latest local fire codes require egress windows on all floors where people live, particularly in bedrooms. They provide built-in escape routes during emergencies and allow safe and efficient ingress when firefighters need to come in and save lives. Egress windows are not optional, and you might be penalized if you don’t comply.
Myth: DIY Window Replacement Makes Financial Sense
If you’re considering replacing your windows yourself to save on labor, don’t. DIYers are not cut out for window replacement projects, especially when multiple units have to be installed. Measuring openings, working with masonry (if needed) and handling bulky glass items are technical, taxing and hazardous jobs.
Incorrect installation could cost you product warranties, not to mention significant headaches if you make mistakes along the way. If you think about workmanship, convenience, safety and accountability, entrusting your project to experienced professionals is a wise decision.
Harness the advantages of high-performance windows with Renewal by Andersen of Portland. Call us at (503) 419-3960 now to schedule your FREE consultation and estimate. We serve Portland and Salem, OR, and nearby communities.